Georgia State University Honors College Chosen to Host Beckman Scholars Program
January 19, 2021
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation has selected Georgia State University as a recipient of the Beckman Scholars Program Award, which creates research and mentoring opportunities for exceptional students majoring in biology, chemistry and neuroscience.
During the last year of their undergraduate journey at Georgia State University, Mia-Simone Green hopes to use their experiences in the Honors College to advise and shepherd other students who are just starting on their own path.
Rorah Ndungu’s curiosity about the operations of the human body and brain has led her to study neuroscience at Georgia State University. But it’s her family who has inspired her to pursue a career in health care.
Lenval Duffus, a rising senior from Snellville who is majoring in political science, has been named by the Honors College at Georgia State University as the first-ever recipient of the Panther PRIME Scholarship.
Donovan Mattox has built his college experience around service to his fellow students. Through his research and leadership roles, the psychology major has prioritized the needs of underrepresented communities.
As a neuroscience major, research guided Meira Robbins from behavioral labs on campus to summer internships in Israel. While the freedom to explore her passion for science led her to different countries and career opportunities, Meira will be back at Georgia State to pursue a master’s degree in education shortly after graduating from the Honors College this May.
Even though the auditorium in Georgia State University’s Centennial Hall remains closed, honors students will still have a spotlight for their undergraduate thesis projects. Instead of having students present their research live on stage, the Honors College is hosting its Spring 2020 Thesis Pitch competition as a virtual event.
For the first time in its 14-year history, the Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference has awarded three faculty members for their commitment to mentoring student research. This will also be the first time that the conference, also known as GSURC, will be a virtual showcase of student projects.
Larry Berman, founding dean of the Honors College at Georgia State University, will step down from his position, effective July 1. A renowned scholar and author on different aspects of the Vietnam War era and its legacy, he will be on research leave for the upcoming academic year to focus on research and writing for his next book.
Jenny Pham, a Presidential Scholar in the Honors College majoring in political science, has been selected as Georgia State University’s 2020 Outstanding Student by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.
An improbable journey led Omar Rodriguez (B.S. ’14) to Georgia State, introducing him along the way to not only his bride-to-be, Meredith Steinmetz (M.P.A. ’16), but also a lifelong mentor in Honors College Dean Larry Berman — the officiant of the couple’s wedding.
Faculty in Georgia State Law’s Center for Law, Health & Society have been awarded a grant to develop an undergraduate diversity in bioethics course. Students in the Honors College can enroll in spring 2020.
Georgia State University will set a record for overall enrollment this fall semester, with more than 53,000 students enrolled and the most qualified and diverse freshman class in the institution’s history.
Lauren James, a junior in the Honors College, is one of only 15 undergraduates in the United States and Canada to receive the Generation Google Scholarship, which goes to scholars majoring in computer science and who represent diversity and leadership in the field.
Ca’Shawn Brown, a rising junior in the Honors College at Georgia State University, spent most of May studying French, sign language and deaf culture in Montpellier and Paris, France as a summer 2019 Gilman Scholar.
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation and the U.S. Department of National Defense Education Programs have named Georgia State University Honors College student Nitheyaa Shree a Goldwater Scholar, one of 496 scholars selected from among 5,000 sophomores and juniors who applied from across the country.
Access to education has always been a topic of great — and personal — importance to Meklit Gebru. The graduating senior is one of just 10 scholars nationwide selected by the U.S. Agency for International Development for the prestigious Payne Fellowship.
More than 430 students from 53 academic departments presented their research projects during the 2019 Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by the Honors College at Georgia State University.
Two Georgia State University Honors College students are among the 395 American undergraduates from 152 colleges and universities selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to student or intern abroad during the summer of 2019.
Four graduates of the Honors College at Georgia State University are recipients of the university’s Alumni Association 40 Under 40 award, which recognizes the most influential and innovative alumni who are younger than 40.
Georgia State University is part of a national group of leading innovative institutions that has received a $2.4 million grant from the Strada Education Network to redesign the college-to-career pathway.
By the time she was 16 years old, Tanya Panwala knew she wanted to be a doctor. She wasn’t certain what her specialty would be, but she knew she wanted to be a doctor who fought back against the kind of systemic inequities that she witnessed during childhood trips to see family in Pakistan.
Kashif Molwani, a 2017 graduate of Georgia State University, is one of 147 international fellows from 38 countries to be named to the Class of 2020 Schwarzman Scholars, a one-year global affairs master’s degree program in Beijing.
Claire Smith came to Georgia State University ready to dive in. The Class of 2022 Presidential Scholar will major in math with a focus in managerial sciences with the plan to pursue a career as an operational research analyst.
Georgia State University Honors College Class of 2022 Presidential Scholar Hannah Mendoza has resilience forged from experience. After moving across the country and succeeding in high school, she became the first person in her immediate family to attend college.
Josh Krivanek, a Class of 2022 Georgia State University Presidential Scholar, will major in education. His dream is to teach high school social sciences then eventually move into high school administration.
Two new administrators have joined the staff of the Honors College at Georgia State University—one leading the Honors College at Perimeter College and the other overseeing development and fundraising at the downtown Atlanta campus.
The London Experience allows Georgia State Honors College students from all majors to intern in London and other parts of the United Kingdom. The program’s global approach helps interns acquire an international perspective and gain valuable career insight.
Georgia State University is ranked the second most innovative university in the nation and second in the country for its commitment to undergraduate teaching in the 2019 Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Meklit Gebru, a junior studying international economics and Spanish at Georgia State University, is one of over 1,201 American undergraduate students from 363 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the Summer 2018 Application cycle.
Life isn’t a competition for Sai Maddali. But you could understandably think that competition is his life. Throughout his time at Northview High School in Johns Creek, GA, the Georgia State University Presidential Scholar of the Class of 2021 was always seeking out that next challenge, the next achievement.
You only get out what put in. You can’t reap the rewards without putting in the work. Georgia State Presidential Scholar of the Class of 2021 Brianna Smith has never had a problem doing the work. It was finding enough to challenge her.
25,400, or so, individuals from all over the world are currently undergraduate students at Georgia State University. Rachel Davis is one of them. But to think of Rachel as 1-in-25,400 is to underestimate the Class of 2021 Presidential Scholar, though being identified as a “statistic” is unlikely to bother her.
Nitheyaa Shree entered her first semester of college with the typical freshman priorities: getting acclimated to new academic challenges, learning her way around an unfamiliar city, settling into her new living quarters, making new friends, and so on.
Unless they’ve been tipped off that there are teasers or hidden scenes buried within or after the scrolling list of names and locations that follow movies, most people check out when the closing credits start rolling.
ATLANTA—The London Experience allows Georgia State Honors College students from all majors to intern in London and other parts of the United Kingdom. The program’s global approach helps interns acquire an international perspective and gain valuable career insight.
Wunderkind Will Anderson (B.A., B.S. ’17) has been outdoing the world for years. At just 21, he’s a globetrotting archaeologist, published author, athlete, humanitarian and opera singer who loves taking care of bones.
Angelica Guilbeaux, an alumna of Georgia State University, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to South Korea as an English teaching assistant, the U.S. Department of State and the F. William Fulbright Scholarship Board have announced.
The Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference showcases the scholarly and creative projects of the university’s undergrads and provides students insight into the work that goes into each step of a successful research project.
Joey Velazquez left Georgia State in 2000 with a grade point average under 1 point. He worked in the movies and even sold a screenplay, but came back to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer. He’ll graduate this year summa cum laude from the Honors College and will head to law school in the fall.
When she was younger, Sara Abdulla wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a physician. Then she took a global studies class her junior year of high school. “I fell in love with all the different cultures and how they’re related to our everyday lives,” she says. “But I realized I couldn’t give up science, because I’m a big nerd and I liked it too much.”